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How was Korea? What did you like most about the trip?

I’m glad I had the opportunity to visit Korea, it was awesome. The food really surprised me, I didnt expect it to be really good compared to California’s food.

 

You and Lustboy began playing together on an official stage in week 10 of the Summer Split. How did you feel changing supports so late in the split and at such a critical time? Were you confident you could build enough synergy to perform and make worlds? When did things really start to click in terms of synergy?

I was worried about the synergy we would have going into playoffs and into worlds, but we started to click after we started boot camping in Korea and started playing the foreign bot lanes. We started communicating a lot more and Lustboys English improved a lot during the couple weeks we played together. And I also learned some Korean to use in solo q.

 

How do you feel you improved over boot camp as a bot lane?   Individually?

I feel I improved a lot and I think this season I will be very impactful as a player. I learned about rotations and teamplay due to the bootcamp.

 

Who was your favorite duo to play against during your time scrimming up to the World Championship?

My favorite bot lane to play against was definitely Mata & Imp by far. They were just so amazing at the game. They played their lanes really solidly and the mind games they played in the bot lane were so new to me; they controlled vision so well. They were defintely my favorite bot lane to play against.

 

Going into the group stage, how confident were you? Who were you looking forward to playing the most?

Going into groups I thought to myself if we played well we could easily get first seed in groups, but we got ahead of ourselves and ended up losing the first game to SHRC due to overconfidence and lack of preparation. I was looking forward to playing SHRC a lot because of their bot lane and Insec.

 

Which team do you feel gave you the hardest time? What duo lane did you feel was stronger out of the teams in your group?

SHRC gave us the hardest time because of their solid mechanics. In the group stage I really wanted to play vs Uzi & Zero, I was pretty confident going into the bot lane vs them, but I choked and ended up playing really poorly the first game, I wish I had more games to prove myself against them.

 

What was your preparation like heading into the quarterfinals? How do you feel you and Lustboy stack up against Imp and Mata? What stood out most about Imp?

We were too focused on what to do mid game that we completely ignored our level 1s and they just dominated us 2 games because of our lack of preparation. Lustboy & I defintely could have defeated Imp & Mata at that stage I believe. After groups Lustboy & I were improving faster than we did for groups and I actually think if it was 2v2 we could have had a good chance to beat SSW. The thing that stands out the most about Imp is his ability to rotate with his team and be at the right place at the right time.

 

What is your overall opinion of where NA stands in comparison to other regions?

I think NA is definitely catching up to Korea and currently I would say we’re a top 4 region.

 

What did you learn most from the tournament and how do you feel about your overall performance?

I learned about teamplay and objectives this tournament more than anything and I realized I was playing the game wrong until the Koreans taught me, I felt my performance could have been better hopefully I can show my  improvement during the split.

 

Looking ahead, how strong do you believe the team can be in Season 5?

I think TSM will definitely be the strongest NA team this season and hopefully we can even do better at worlds for S5.

 

How do you plan to spend the rest of your vacation?

I am planning to spend the rest of my vacation playing smash bros and League of Legends, I can’t seem to stay away from video games.

 

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About the author: Tim Kimbirk is an eSports Journalist and writer with Solomid. Stay up to date on the latest interviews and features by following on twitter: @CaymusNoL 

Bjergsen

 

How was travelling between so many countries? Where was your favorite? Was it difficult adjusting to jet lag?

Bjergsen: Travelling between so many countries was something I really enjoyed, it was awesome to see so many different cultures and try a lot of different foods. My favorite was probably Korea, since it was the one we got to experience the most outside of practice times. I think fighting jetlag should only take a couple days as long as  you try to keep a healthy schedule and don’t stay up for too long. You just need to make sure you resist taking naps, it can be difficult!

 

What was boot camp like? Of all of the teams you scrimmed, who do you feel was the strongest? What did you learn most from scrims?

Bjergsen:  Boot camping was a different experience. I’ve only really had one boot camp in my life with NiP before. I think in boot camps, you figure out a lot of team problems that need to be fixed because you’re constantly practicing in a high pressure environment where all emotions come out. We definitely had some things come up, but I think we got a good hold of them which made us a better team after the boot camp was over. Of all the teams we played Samsung White was definitely the hardest, the first time we played against them we got completely stomped, but slowly worked our way up to actually contest and take games from them in scrims. The thing I learned the most is to give back to my teammates, and use my advantage to help build their advantage. If I start winning my lane I know a lot more about the options I can do to help snowball the overall team and winning the game.

 

Who was the strongest mid laner you faced during scrims?

Bjergsen: I think Faker and Pawn both played exceptionally well and had very little mistakes when I played them. They both know their limits very well and push them as far as they can, that’s what makes a great player.

 

Who was the toughest opponent you played during group stages? Did any team at the tournament surprise you?

Bjergsen:  The toughest opponent was definitely Royal Club which also shows since they made it into the final. Royal has a very distinct play style and we played right into their strengths the first game which made us basically unable to win since they play that style so well. I think if anything the biggest surprise was how handedly OMG beat Najin White Shield, I was not expecting them to get a clean sweep, nor do I think anyone did.

 

What was your mindset headed into the quarterfinals? There was a lot of talk about the importance of believing you can defeat your opponent and how it can affect you mentally if you don’t think you are capable. Did you believe you could win? What went wrong?

Bjergsen:  It’s a difficult thing to say, I do believe we had a good shot at making it all the way to the finals this year with the way the brackets worked out. But obviously we failed to deliver and I can’t blame that on anyone else than us.

Reginald and Locodoco kept making sure that we all believed we had a chance at winning, no matter how small it was. I definitely agree if we didn’t believe we at least had a chance at winning there was no way we were going to win. I think everyone in the team knew they were the better team, but we still had ways to beat them, and we could still show up big on the day. I personally believed we could win, and I think for the most part my teammates believed we had a chance as well.  

 

What is your overall impression of the tournament so far?

Bjergsen: I think the way Riot has handled the tournament and the players has been really good and I very much enjoyed finally being a part of Worlds. I was also very happy that the wildcard teams ended up having such a big impact, even though it was to my good friends in Alliance. It really shows that you can’t just expect a win against these wildcard teams, they can take you on any given day.  

 

What is the biggest thing you’ve learned from playing internationally?

Bjergsen:  The biggest thing I’ve learned is how to be able to work together as a team and how to play for the benefit of the team. One player shouldn’t have to perform extraordinarily to win, everyone just has to have a solid performance and everyone helps each other out to have a solid performance. It’s a team game and Samsung White really shows that; they win together.  

 

Amazing recently stepped down from the starting lineup. What are your thoughts on his departure? Moving forward, what are you most looking for in finding a replacement? What do you think most fits your and the team’s needs?

Bjergsen: Of course I’m really sad Amazing decided to leave the team. I shared rooms in the hotel and housing with him through the entire boot camp and he became a good friend of mine in the team. I do understand all his reasons for leaving and I can’t be upset at him, I hope he finds a place where he’ll be happy and has an escape from League every once in a while.

The main things we are looking for in a jungler would be mechanical skill, communication and work ethic. Obviously it’s really important to have good mechanical skill as a jungler for champions like Lee Sin, etc. Communication as a jungler is very important since you have to be in a dialogue with all 3 lanes at the same time to know where to be and what to do next. Work ethic is a global thing you would want from every member in the team, but it’s very important to me. It’s important the player is motivated and willing to constantly improve through solo queue and replays.

 

Prediction for the Finals?

Bjergsen:  I have to go with White, they’re an amazing team and will likely 3-0 Royal if they do their research.

 

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About the author: Tim Kimbirk is an eSports Journalist and writer with Solomid. Stay up to date on the latest interviews and features by following on twitter: @CaymusNoL

TSM Amazing Steps Down

October 11th, 2014
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Team Solomid’s jungler, Maurice “Amazing” Stückenschneider, has opted to step down from the starting roster of Team Solomid and continue his career back in Europe. Maurice, only 20 years old, flew halfway across the world to join Team Solomid. After spending half a year playing in the NA LCS, he decided that life in Los Angeles is not for him. He prefers to play in the EU LCS where he is amongst his friends and family. Although Amazing has been an integral part of Team Solomid’s success in the summer split of the NA LCS and the world championships, the separation is amicable between both parties.

 

“Working with Maurice has been an amazing experience and I was very glad to have him play for our organization. He was a huge part in our success this season and I wish Maurice the best of luck. I truly believe that he’ll find success within any organization.” – TSM Team Owner, Andy Dinh.

 

“No team has ever inspired me more to become more skilled, smarter and overall just better at my individual role than TSM, thanks to the coaches, but especially the players who all have the drive to be the best. I am sad about leaving this type of environment, but I’m equally excited to be back in the country I was born and raised in. I will never forget the chance that TSM gave me, and I will never forget all the great moments we all had together from the early season struggles to becoming a top 2 team in the west. But it is time for me to move on.” -  Maurice “Amazing” Stückenschneider

 

With his departure, Team Solomid is now on the look out for new talent to fill the position. The team will be looking at mechanically strong high ranking challenger players and former NA LCS players. Tryout starts Oct 20th. More details will be released at a later time.

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You’ll find Champion Select statistics at the bottom of this post when the day is over, brought to you by Lukas Krings.


Quarterfinals: Team Solomid vs Samsung White


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Champion Select Stats

 

Champion Bans Picks Wins Losses Winrate Picks+Bans Pick+Banrate
Yasuo 7 11 9 2 82% 18 33%
Twitch 8 12 9 3 75% 20 37%
Kassadin 2 5 3 2 60% 7 13%
Ryze 21 21 12 9 57% 42 78%
Alistar 44 5 4 1 80% 49 91%
Janna 2 29 18 11 62% 31 57%
Maokai 29 16 9 7 56% 45 83%
Jarvan IV 1 10 3 7 30% 11 20%
Orianna 5 15 9 6 60% 20 37%
Lucian 6 29 13 16 45% 35 65%
Thresh 9 28 16 12 57% 37 69%
Rumble 9 14 9 5 64% 23 43%
Kha’Zix 7 36 17 19 47% 43 80%
Zilean 36 9 5 4 56% 45 83%
Tristana 4 24 10 14 42% 28 52%
Nami 2 21 9 12 43% 23 43%
Twisted Fate 4 4 1 3 25% 8 15%
Zed 14 13 7 6 54% 27 50%
Lee Sin 18 30 18 12 60% 48 89%
Syndra 10 8 3 5 38% 18 33%
Nidalee 14 5 1 4 20% 19 35%
Fizz 6 11 4 7 36% 17 31%
Jinx 3 7 2 5 29% 10 19%
Blitzcrank 0 3 0 3 0% 3 6%
Rengar 6 6 5 1 83% 12 22%
Kog’Maw 1 13 6 7 46% 14 26%
Nunu 0 1 0 1 0% 1 2%
Xerath 0 6 2 4 33% 6 11%
Talon 0 5 2 3 40% 5 9%
Vayne 0 3 3 0 100% 3 6%
Lulu 1 11 3 8 27% 12 22%
Kayle 2 11 5 6 45% 13 24%
Aatrox 6 0 0 0 Not played 6 11%
Dr Mundo 0 7 0 7 0% 7 13%
Sona 0 2 0 2 0% 2 4%
Caitlyn 0 2 1 1 50% 2 4%
Irelia 3 11 8 3 73% 14 26%
Elise 1 12 5 7 42% 13 24%
Corki 0 10 7 3 70% 10 19%
Ahri 1 10 3 7 30% 11 20%
Leona 0 3 1 2 33% 3 6%
Braum 0 6 3 3 50% 6 11%
Ezreal 0 2 0 2 0% 2 4%
Katarina 0 1 1 0 100% 1 2%
Pantheon 0 1 0 1 0% 1 6%
Jayce 0 3 1 2 33% 3 6%
Morgana 0 6 4 2 67% 6 11%
Graves 0 1 1 0 100% 1 2%
Vi 0 1 0 1 0% 1 2%
Swain 0 1 1 0 100% 1 2%
Ziggs 0 2 1 1 50% 2 4%
Gragas 1 0 0 0 Not played 1 2%
Evelynn 0 1 1 0 100% 1 2%
Riven 0 1 1 0 100% 1 2%
Rammus 0 1 1 0 100% 1 2%
Lissandra 0 1 1 0 100% 1 2%
Singed 0 1 1 0 100% 1 2%
58 champions played/banned in 54 games
Blue Side 34 20 63%
Red Side 20 34 37%


 

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Day 4 of Worlds is underway and here is the breakdown!

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You’ll find Champion Select statistics at the bottom of this post when the day is over, brought to you by Lucas Krings.

 

 

Stage 1 Day 4: All Games

 

Game : Team Solomid vs Star Horn Royal

Game 2: AHQ e-Sports vs Dark Passage

Game 3: Star Horn Royal vs Taipei Assassins

Game 4: AHQ e-Sports vs Edward Gaming

Game 5: SK Gaming vs Team Solomid

Game 6: Samsung White vs Edward Gaming

Tiebreaker: Edward Gaming vs AHQ e-Sports

 

[ Analysts ] QuickshotKrepoCrumbzzMontePhreak

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Champion Select Stats

 

 

Champion Bans Picks Wins Losses Winrate Picks+Bans Pick+Banrate
Yasuo 4 4 3 1 75% 8 32%
Twitch 3 4 3 1 75% 7 28%
Kassadin 2 1 1 0 100% 3 12%
Ryze 9 12 5 7 42% 21 84%
Alistar 18 4 3 1 75% 22 88%
Janna 1 16 9 7 56% 17 68%
Maokai 9 9 5 4 56% 18 72%
Jarvan 0 2 1 1 50% 2 8%
Orianna 1 11 7 4 64% 12 48%
Lucian 5 14 6 8 43% 19 76%
Thresh 3 9 6 3 67% 12 48%
Rumble 0 4 3 1 75% 4 16%
Kha’Zix 0 18 9 9 50% 18 72%
Zilean 14 4 3 1 75% 18 72%
Tristana 2 11 7 4 64% 13 52%
Nami 1 8 5 3 63% 9 36%
Twisted Fate 3 3 1 2 33% 6 24%
Zed 7 5 3 2 60% 12 48%
Lee Sin 3 18 10 8 56% 21 84%
Syndra 4 4 1 3 25% 8 32%
Nidalee 13 4 1 3 25% 17 68%
Fizz 6 6 2 4 33% 12 48%
Jinx 0 5 1 4 20% 5 20%
Blitzcrank 0 3 0 3 0% 3 12%
Rengar 5 5 4 1 80% 10 40%
Kog’Maw 0 5 2 3 40% 5 20%
Nunu 0 1 0 1 0% 1 4%
Xerath 0 2 1 1 50% 2 8%
Talon 0 2 1 1 50% 2 8%
Vayne 0 3 3 0 100% 3 12%
Lulu 1 3 1 2 33% 4 16%
Kayle 1 3 2 1 67% 4 16%
Aatrox 6 0 0 0 #DIV/0! 6 24%
Dr Mundo 0 5 0 5 0% 5 20%
Sona 0 2 0 2 0% 2 8%
Caitlyn 0 2 1 1 50% 2 8%
Irelia 0 4 4 0 100% 4 16%
Elise 1 1 0 1 0% 2 8%
Corki 0 2 1 1 50% 2 8%
Jarvan IV 0 1 0 1 0% 1 4%
Ahri 1 3 0 3 0% 4 16%
Leona 0 3 1 2 33% 3 12%
Braum 0 4 2 2 50% 4 16%
Ezreal 0 2 0 2 0% 2 8%
Katarina 0 1 1 0 100% 1 4%
Pantheon 0 1 0 1 0% 1 6%
Jayce 0 2 0 2 0% 2 8%
Morgana 0 2 2 0 100% 2 8%
Graves 0 1 1 0 100% 1 4%
Vi 0 1 0 1 0% 1 4%
Swain 0 1 1 0 100% 1 4%
Ziggs 0 2 1 1 50% 2 8%

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Day 3 of Worlds is over and here is the breakdown!

If you have any questions, feel free to ask me at @NoL_Chefo or e-mail me at nolchefo@gmail.com.

 

In this and future posts, you’ll also find Champion Select statistics, given to you by Lucas Krings.

 

Day 3 of Worlds: All Games

 

Group Standings Day 3

Day 3 Group A & B Standings

Game 1: Samsung White vs Dark Passage

Game 2: SK Gaming vs Star Horn Royal

Game 3: AHQ e-Sports vs Samsung White

Game 4: Taipei Assassins vs Team Solomid

Game 5: Dark Passage vs Edward Gaming

Game 6: SK Gaming vs Taipei Assassins

 

[ Analysts ] QuickshotKrepoDoubleliftMontePhreak

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Champion Select Stats

 

 Champion Bans Picks Wins Losses Winrate Picks+Bans Pick+Banrate
Yasuo 3 3 2 1 67% 6 33%
Twitch 3 3 2 1 67% 6 33%
Kassadin 1 0 0 0 Not played 1 6%
Ryze 6 9 4 5 44% 15 83%
Alistar 12 4 3 1 75% 16 89%
Janna 1 10 8 2 80% 11 61%
Maokai 6 6 3 3 50% 12 67%
Jarvan 0 1 0 1 0% 1 6%
Orianna 1 9 5 4 56% 10 56%
Lucian 4 10 4 6 40% 14 78%
Thresh 1 8 5 3 63% 9 50%
Rumble 0 2 2 0 100% 2 11%
Kha’Zix 0 13 8 5 62% 13 72%
Zilean 10 4 3 1 75% 14 78%
Tristana 1 9 6 3 67% 10 56%
Nami 1 5 3 2 60% 6 33%
Twisted Fate 2 2 0 2 0% 4 22%
Zed 5 3 2 1 67% 8 44%
Lee Sin 3 12 6 6 50% 15 83%
Syndra 4 4 1 3 25% 8 44%
Nidalee 11 3 1 2 33% 14 78%
Fizz 4 2 1 1 50% 6 33%
Jinx 0 3 0 3 0% 3 17%
Blitzcrank 0 3 0 3 0% 3 17%
Rengar 3 4 3 1 75% 7 39%
Kog’Maw 0 3 2 1 67% 3 17%
Nunu 0 1 0 1 0% 1 6%
Xerath 0 2 1 1 50% 2 11%
Talon 0 2 1 1 50% 2 11%
Vayne 0 2 2 0 100% 2 11%
Lulu 1 2 1 1 50% 3 17%
Kayle 1 2 1 1 50% 3 17%
Aatrox 5 0 0 0 Not played 5 28%
Dr Mundo 0 4 0 4 0% 4 22%
Sona 0 2 0 2 0% 2 11%
Caitlyn 0 1 1 100% 1 6%
Irelia 0 3 3 0 100% 3 17%
Elise 0 1 0 1 0% 1 6%
Corki 0 2 1 1 50% 2 11%
Jarvan IV 0 1 0 1 0% 1 6%
Ahri 1 2 0 2 0% 3 17%
Leona 0 1 0 1 0% 1 6%
Braum 0 3 1 2 33% 3 17%
Ezreal 0 2 0 2 0% 2 11%
Katarina 0 1 1 0 100% 1 6%
Pantheon 0 1 0 1 0% 1 6%
Jayce 0 1 0 1 0% 1 6%
Morgana 0 1 1 0 50% 1 6%
48 champions played in 18 games

 

 

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[ Note ] Mistakes fixed! Sorry about the clumsy post, I’ll do better the next days.

 

Day 1 All Matches

 


Game 1


 

Edward Gaming vs Samsung White

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[ Link to Match History ]

 

Day 1 Game 1 Infographic

 


Game 2


 

Team Solomid vs SK Gaming

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[ Link to Match History ]

 

Day 1 Game 2 Infographic

 


Game 3


 

Dark Passage vs AHQ e-Sports Club

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Day 1 Game 3 Infographic

 


Game 4


 

Taipei Assassins vs Star Horn Royal Club

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Day-1-Game-4-Infographic

 


Game 5


 

Samsung White vs AHQ e-Sports Club

[ Link to Youtube VOD ]

 

Day-1-Game-5-Infographic

 


Game 6


 

Star Horn Royal Club vs Team Solomid

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Day-1-Game-6-Infographic

 

 

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You’re playing with an entirely different team compared to a year ago. What do you think is the biggest difference between then and now? Which version of TSM do you think has been the strongest?

Dyrus:  Back then it wasn’t as structured and Regi would carry the entire team on his back while running the organization. Now we have a structure and great players from other regions so we’re definitely stronger now.

 

What do you think of Amazing so far? What do you think he brings to the team that was lacking before?

Dyrus:  Amazing brings high mechanical skill and more meta junglers to the table.

 

What was the biggest difference you noticed with the addition of Lustboy?

Dyrus:  His mechanical skill was at the highest when he came here. He knows a lot about the Korean meta and brings his knowledge over.

 

Do you feel your playstyle has changed with the new roster?

 

Dyrus:  Individually I do the same thing, just with different champions and more communication.

 

How is it adapting to new players? Is it hard to get synergy going?

Dyrus:  It’s easy, I always get along with my teammates because I just love to play league of legends.

 

You have been the pillar through the swaps over the past year, and now remain as the only player that’s been on the team since season 2. Do you feel the current team is the strongest it’s ever been, or has the potential to be?

 

Dyrus:  I feel like our strongest point was during the patch when Regi subbed.  Now that the patch changes literally every day we have to learn to adapt quick, especially since most of the time before big matches the patches get changed and practice becomes limited.

 

What about yourself? How strong do you think you are now relative to the rest of NA top laners? The world? Do you feel you will continue improving?

Dyrus:  I feel like I won’t ever be the best because I lack innovation. All I’m doing right now is trying to keep up with international top laners. As for NA the only real threats to me in lane are Balls and Ackerman. Everyone else is either the same as me or below.

 

How has it been with Locodoco so far?

 

Dyrus:  Having locodoco on the team is like having 6 players instead of 5.

 

Do you expect to make worlds? Who do you feel are the strongest teams to represent NA, based on current strength?

Dyrus:  I think it’s really rough for us this year with all the roster swaps and visas. We have a lower chance than usual but it also puts us in the corner which allows us to play with our backs against the wall. It’s really hard to say right now, C9 and LMQ seem to be the strongest with Curse right behind them.

 

What are your long term goals? Will you continue playing after season 4?

Dyrus:  I’m just going with the flow, I’ve considered retiring because of the stress, but in the end I’m just going to stick with it until I’ve become bad enough at the game to not play competitively

 

You were off to a rough start this season. How do you handle slumping or ramping up? What keeps you focused?

Dyrus:  Watching my own play and watching others play allows me to reset my mind and just copy again. I revert to older more comfortable champions when I forget how to play or I imagine how the lane should play out and what I can do in lane out of game.

 

C9 and TSM seem to have a storied history since last year, is there any real rivalry there, similar to with CLG, or is it different?

Dyrus:  It’s different, there isn’t really a rivalry but it’s a battle for 1st place. Instead of a rival they’re kind of like your unwanted friend in the scene.

 

How do you feel about LMQ so far? Have they met or exceeded expectations?

Dyrus:  They exceeded expectations, at the start of the season they were really bad.  Now they’ve improved a lot and are pretty much better than most of the teams. I feel like they aren’t taking LCS seriously though so we’ll see.

 


About the author: Tim Kimbirk is an eSports Journalist and writer with Solomid. Stay up to date on the latest interviews and features by following on twitter: @CaymusNoL

 

Coming from Korea’s OGN league and jumping straight into competitive play in North America,  I had a chance to sit down with Lustboy after defeating Evil Geniuses in his LCS debut with Team SoloMid.

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Lustboy, how was your trip from Korea?

Lustboy:  It was good. On the plane I thought about the game and about bot lane in general.

 

What is your favorite thing that’s happened so far while in the US?

Lustboy:  Wildturtle jumping forward into the enemy team!

 

How are you getting along with the team so far? Who do you think you are most alike?

Lustboy:  We are all getting along well. I think me and Amazing have the most in common.

 

Playing with Wildturtle, what is the biggest thing that stands out to you in his play?

Lustboy:  I like playing with Turtle because he has great mechanics and can out play the enemy adc reliably.

 

Do you think WildTurtle is the best AD Carry in NA?

Lustboy:  Yes.

 

How strong are you as a bot lane right now compared to how strong you could be?

Lustboy:  We are very strong right now and we have a lot of room to continue growing and be even stronger.

 

How was your first LCS match? Was there a lot of pressure to perform? How do you feel about your performance?

Lustboy:  It was good. We mostly played defensively because we knew we were playing for top lane. I felt like Krepo did not play as aggressively as he should have. There was no stress, but a lot of pressure coming into a team where you have high expectations to perform, especially when people already expect you to perform. I gave my best and feel like I did well, but I performed at about 30% of my potential.

 

Who do you want to face the most? Why?

Lustboy:  I like playing against CLG because they have a very strong bot lane.

 

Do you feel you are the best bot lane in NA?

Lustboy:  Yes.

 

TSM now has 3 players that came from another region. What are your thoughts on regions importing talent?

Lustboy:  I believe that except for EU, only top players are traded to other regions. I believe it is good for top talent to be able to move freely. That said, I think when an entire team transfers from one region to another, it makes cheering for them a little less genuine. Not to take away from any teams, all of them are just as hard working as the next and deserve to play and compete where they wish. I just don’t want it to become an issue of oversaturation of foreign talent to the point where a single region takes over the entire international scene.

 

Anything else you would like to say?

Lustboy:  When I first arrived I was anxious and felt a lot of pressure. Once I saw how motivated the rest of the team was I started to feel more relaxed, and after the most recent games I feel like the weight has been lifted.  I am ready to prove that I am a top player and will only get better.

 


 

About the author: Tim Kimbirk is an eSports Journalist and writer with Solomid. Stay up to date on the latest interviews and features by following on twitter: @CaymusNoL